May 18, 1980


We have already looked at Mount St. Helens a couple of times. With May 18th falling on a Sunday this year, of course we’re going to revisit the May 18, 1980, eruption, and check out in detail how the volcano is slowly rebuilding itself.

There are time-lapse videos out there of the landslide and directed blast, but I think some of the images are protected by copyright, so instead here’s a link to the USGS web page “The catastrophic first minute.

And more from the USGS:

The next USGS video is already in one of the earlier Mount St. Helens posts, but you might have missed this fascinating close-up look at how a volcano rebuilds itself after a big eruption. The USGS collected the images of the dome between 2004 and 2008.

Categories: Sunday morning volcano

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